Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Stuart Maxfield

Known as
Stuart Maxfield

9 April 1972 (age 50)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 34d
Last game: 33y 21d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; Sydney; Australia

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 27
Sydney: 11

Recruited from
Richmond (1996)

Stuart Maxfield

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 10,120th player to appear, 117th most games played, 628th most goals kickedRichmond: 928th player to appear, 179th most games played, 117th most goals kickedSydney: 1,269th player to appear, 35th most games played, 83rd most goals kicked

One of the AFL's last non-draftees, Stuart Maxfield was recruited by Richmond from Glen Waverley Rovers, and made his senior league debut for the Tigers in 1990. Strong, courageous and pacy, he developed into a fine wingman or half forward flanker, and was a key contributor to Richmond's 1995 finals campaign, the club's first since 1982. In 1996 he crossed to Sydney, and was a member in his first season of the Swans' losing grand final team against North Melbourne. Highly professional in his outlook, he was appointed Sydney's captain in 2003, and still officially held the role when he retired two seasons later. Tragically for Maxfield, however, a knee injury limited him to just five appearances in his final season, and he missed the club's historic four point grand final win over West Coast. Swans coach Paul Roos later paid glowing tribute to Maxfield when he described him as vying with Bob Skilton and Paul Kelly for the mantle of the greatest captain in the club's history. Stuart Maxfield played a total of 289 AFL games, comprising 60 with Richmond, and precisely 200 with the Swans. He booted 152 goals. (Coincidentally, Maxfield's replacement as captain after his enforced retirement, Barry Hall, also ended his career with a total of 289 games.)

Author - John Devaney


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